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A community platform for the development and documentation of the ABCD standard for natural history collections
GBIF Edaphobase - Informationssystem, Daten-Repositorium, Daten-Infrastruktur und Service-Plattform für die Bodenzoologie
Die Herbonauten - Pilot Study
Herbadrop: an innovative approach to long-term analysis of digitised herbarium specimens.
Expanding the “DNA Bank Network” into the “Global Genome Biodiversity Network”
StanDAP-Herb: A standardised and optimised process for data acquisition from digital images of herbarium specimens
Permanent online resources
Coordination of the GBIF-D Node System and the Botanical Node
Germany is one of the founding nations of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Main objective of the GBIF-D project is the focussed collection and mobilisation of suitable data within Germany's research community and natural history collections as well as of the available observation data.
The BGBM is coordinating this 6-partner project to ensure the technical and organisational cohesion of the eight Nodes in the German GBIF system:
• BGBM Berlin-Dahlem responsible for Coordination
• DSMZ Braunschweig responsible for Bacteria & Archaea
• BGBM Berlin-Dahlem responsible for Plants & Protists
• BSM München responsible for Fungi & Lichens
• MfN Berlin responsible for Insects
• ZSM München responsible for Invertebrates II
• Senckenberg Frankfurt responsible for Invertebrates III
• ZFMK Bonn responsible for Vertebrates
• MfN Berlin responsible for Fossils
The German Botanical Node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility has been established at the BGBM in close collaboration with ten German botanical institutions and five other partner institutions as part of the German contribution to GBIF International. It represents all flowering plants, ferns, and mosses and also puts a special accent on algae and protists.The project at the BGBM supports the German botanical community in their efforts to mobilise botanical data using the BioCASE software and to create a German Virtual Herbarium.
The institutions participating in OpenUp! will provide over one million multimedia objects from the natural history domain to Europeana, the European Virtual Library (www.europeana.eu). OpenUp! is complementary to the eContentPlus project Biodiversity Heritage Library Europe, which mobilised digitised literature in the natural history domain. OpenUp! is an initiative of members of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF) and several European nodes of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
The BGBM is responsible for the overall coordination of OpenUp! and provides high-quality herbarium images to the system.
European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy - EDIT, Platform for Cybertaxonomy
The overall objective of EDIT was to integrate European taxonomic effort within the European Research Area and to build a world leading capacity. EDIT work-package 5 was lead by the BGBM and created the “Internet Platform for Cybertaxonomy”.
The EDIT Platform is an integrated software suite providing tools and support of the entire taxonomic workflow that leads to the creation of taxonomic monographs, checklists, flora and fauna treatments.
The software is further developed, promoted and sustained in the framework of several projects and as a core activity of the BGBM’s Biodiversity Informatics Research Group.
European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy – EDIT Cichorieae examplar group.
In the workpackage "Unifying revisionary taxonomy" of the EDIT project the BGBM created an exemplar site using the EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy. The Cichorieae network is sustained by the BGBM’s Asterales Research Group.
DNA Bank Network and Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN)
PESI stands for Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure. Authoritative species name registers are not only essential for taxonomy but important for information systems dealing with species of conservation, pest or commercial relevance as well. PESI enhances the quality and reliability of such European registers by integrating community networks of taxonomic experts into a joint work programme.
In the project (2008-2011, funded by the EU under FP7) the BGBM lead the integration of the European Register of Marine Species, Fauna Europaea and Euro+Med Plantbase into a joint information system. The joint PESI infrastructure is maintained with the partners as an activity of the BGBM’s Biodiversity Informatics Group and in projects such as EU-BON.
Since 2004, high resolution digital camera equipment is used to produce digital images of herbarium specimens. The digitisation of type specimens and some of the important collections such as the Herbaria Willdenow and Bridel were and are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation in the framework of the Global Plant Initiative.The German Virtual Herbarium is part of the GBIF-D project financed by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education, which also provided the funding for a large scale improvement of the underlying hardware in 2010. Contributing digitisation activities are also taking place as part of the BGBM’s loan system, and have been supported by the Association of Friends of the BGBM.
Originally a 35-partner research and development project co-ordinated by the BGBM, starting Nov. 1, 2001 financed under the EU's 5th Framework Programme, Research Infrastructures until Jan. 31, 2005. Since then, the suit of software and activities in the area of has become one of . The BGBM is responsible for over-all co-ordination and for the development of the access system. The initiative is sustained in the framework of SYNTHESYS, GBIF-D and as a core activity of the BGBM’s Biodiversity Informatics Research Group.
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